Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
General practice is the cornerstone of successful primary health care and is critical to ensuring a high-quality, equitable and sustainable health system. This is particularly true in rural areas, where GPs are often required to practice an extended scope of medical care, including areas that, in urban settings, would typically be referred to specialists.
The National Rural Generalist Pathway is a dedicated training pathway designed to attract, retain and support rural generalist doctors who provide primary care, emergency medicine and other specialist services in regional, rural and remote areas.
The department engaged AHA to evaluate the implementation of 3 core components of the pathway:
The evaluation aimed to assess the short-term outcomes of the pathway and inform future policy direction. This included:
To do this, we developed a monitoring and evaluation framework that has long-term utility for the pathway. We also conducted a literature review, analysed rural general practice and training data from multiple sources, and used a variety of methods to consult with a range of stakeholders.
Our final report synthesised this data to analyse overarching barriers and enablers to implementing the pathway; evaluate the implementation, appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the components; and identify opportunities to build on the pathway’s achievements to ensure it can continue to support rural generalists to meet the needs of Australians in rural and remote areas.
Our final report identified opportunities to build on the pathway's achievements to ensure it can continue to support rural generalists